2019 School Captains
What a start to a new decade! Every year is a new chapter in the book that is our school journey, but the lead up to this one has been one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding adventures that we have had the fortune to take. For the last several years, we have been supported, encouraged, unified and inspired by the community that is Newcastle Grammar School, and we feel very honoured to be able to return, in our own way, a small token of our appreciation.
Term One’s fast paced nature has meant that all of Year 12 has been kept on our toes since the first bell. The Student Leaders spent the Orientation Day meeting new students, where we were able to speak about our own school journeys and fond memories of our first days at NGS. This excitement, nerves and energy for the new school year were quickly funnelled into our first assemblies, where we were thrilled to announce our Bushfire Relief Fundraiser Week, which aimed to raise important funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service and Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, who are supporting people and wildlife that were devastated by Australia’s catastrophic bushfire crisis. The Bushfire Fundraiser in Week 4 was a tremendous success, with milkshakes being sold throughout the week, and pizza being available on Friday. The day’s theme of personal heroes and inspirational individuals was also a great way for students to think about the role models and people in their own lives who they look up to and admire.
Our first meeting with our new leadership team quickly turned into the greatly anticipated launch of the Round Square Committee, a revitalised reincarnation of the Student Representative Council, which not only aims to give students a voice in the school, but provides an incredible breadth of opportunities for students locally, nationally and internationally. With representatives for each year group being involved, we are thrilled to see the impact that they will have on our community.
We are also looking forward to our upcoming participation in the annual Clean Up Australia Day Event in March, at Nobby’s Foreshore Park. This volunteer activity is a great way for students to “Feel Good by Doing Good” in our local area.
It has been an absolute privilege so far to be your School Captains, and we are thrilled that we will be able to express our appreciation and dedication for our wonderful school throughout the year. We look forward to ensuring that the 2020 Year 12 Cohort’s legacy is one that aligns with our school values of respect, integrity, service and excellence. We cannot wait to see what this year brings – we know it is going to be an incredible one!
Evgenia Petrelis and Jadon Routley